Joan Walton Weekend March 8-10, 2024

Joan Walton, the acclaimed dance teacher and choreographer

will lead us in an another wonderful dance weekend on March 8-10, 2024!

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About the 2024 Joan Walton Dance Weekend

The focus of the weekend will be Jazz Age, Rotary Waltz, & Swing and will be a mix of vintage and modern dances that are in that focus group. The weekend will be held at the Russel Acton Folk Center in Berea, KY (about 40 miles south of Lexington).

The weekend will start with a class at 7:30 pm Friday and conclude on Sunday at 1:00 pm. Attendance is by preregistration only and will be role-balanced. The prerequisite for attendance is knowing any form of social dance. You will be able to choose between the traditional roles of "lead" and "follow" as well as the role of “either” exclusively for those comfortable dancing both roles and who can easily switch roles in order to help role-balance the room. Note that we will rotate partners regularly (unless you and your partner choose not to rotate), so role-balancing and signing up with a registration partner dancing the opposite role is intended to keep everyone dancing.

Tuition will be $95. A limited number of full-time students will be accepted at $45, and a limited number of entrances will offered as "work exchange fellowships"--if interested in being considered for a work exchange fellowship, please contact us by email to to apply. Space is limited by design!

2024 Weekend Schedule

Mar 8
Check-in6:30 - 7:30
Dance Classes:7:30 - 10:00
Class: 4-count Street Swing, 1927 Early Lindy
Class: Mastering Rotary Waltz Leading/Following
Class: Mixers from new book:
Circle Galop Mixer to “Veto Galop” from LVD's CD!
Shadow Waltz (Rotary) to “Summertime”
Swing mixer to “Sugar”
  Mar 9
Warm-up and/or Practice Time9:30 - 10:00
Dance Classes:10:00 - 1:00
Class: 19th Century: Beethoven-era “Le bluet” Quadrille
Class: Rotary Waltz variations
Class: Non-turning Rotary Waltz variations
Class: Jazz-age Blues
Catered Lunch1:00 - 2:00
Dance Classes:2:00 - 4:00
Class: Role Reversal
Class: Choreography: Fred & Ginger Foxtrot “Deep Night”
Review of the day's dances4:00 - 4:30
Dinner on your own4:30 - 8:00
Evening Social Dance8:00 - 11:00
            Saturday night dance Theme: Rhapsody in Blue.
Mar 10
Warm-up and/or Practice Time9:30 - 10:00
Dance Classes and Recap:10:00 - 1:00
Class: Waltz-Swing
Class: Choreography
Recap of weekend's dances

Saturday Lunch: Dancers are welcome to bring their own lunch or head to a local restaurant, but a catered lunch will be provided to those who pay in advance.

Ample refreshments will be available at all events.

Folk Center Berea KY exterior

COVID-19 Policy: LVD's COVID-19 policy is that masking is optional. The Folk Center has high ceilings with ceiling fans for air-movement, so we anticipate that this will be the policy in place in March. We plan to follow all CDC, Commonwealth of Kentucky, and City of Berea mandates as well as the recommendations of local medical experts. In the event that our COVID-19 policy must change, we will offer full reimbursements to anyone who requests one due to the change in COVID-19 policy. The next paragraph is the text of our required liability waiver.

Liability Waiver: I understand and agree that there are risks of illness and injury associated with, arising out of, and inherent to the activity of dance. Possible health risks include, but are not limited to exposure to respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19 and influenza. Possible sources of physical injuries include, but are not limited to, missteps, dizziness, loss of balance, slipping, falling, and colliding with other dancers or objects. In recognition of this, I agree to assume all risks and responsibility for any such illnesses or injury, which which may accrue to me during the dance weekend sponsored by Lexington Vintage Dance (LVD) March 8-10, 2024. Furthermore, I do hereby fully exempt, release and indemnify LVD, its officers, volunteers, and/or instructors and the City of Berea from any and all claims from illnesses, injuries, damage or loss which I may have or which may accrue to me as a result of my participation in the dance weekend. I also give LVD permission to use any picture of me at the weekend in or on any form of publicity for LVD or an LVD-sponsored event.

Joan Walton

About Joan Walton

Regularly invited to teach dance workshops in such places as St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia, as well as numerous cities in the US, Joan Walton is both a nationally and internationally acclaimed dance teacher and choreographer. Her energetic, focused teaching, theatrical choreographies, and morning warmups have become well known to dancers over the years.  She has the ability to communicate movement concepts with energy, humor and interest.  

Joan holds a Master’s degree in Dance Education from Stanford University’s top-ranked School of Education.  Along with free-lancing around the world, she currently teaches numerous dance at San Jose State University.

Saturday, March 9 Evening Dance

Deejayed by Joan Walton

The Saturday night dance is included with your weekend registration. The 2024 Saturday night ball will be proctored by Joan Walton using her selection of recorded music. We will enjoy dances from several vintage eras, from the 1800s to the early 1900s, as well as contemporary music. Rhapsody in Blue was composed in 1924 by George Gershwin. In honor of the 100th aniversay of this theme, our ball theme is "Rhapsody in Blue". We encourage people to wear something blue or dress in 1920s attire or have fun with the theme in some other way.

If you are not registered for the entire weekend, you may still attend the Saturday evening dance at a cost of $10.

When registration reaches capacity, we keep a waiting list.

To be confirmed, all applicants must pay for the weekend within 7 days of registering.

Also, since we match all leads with follows, we encourage all dancers who are not comfortable switching roles to specify a registration partner on the registration form. Those leads and follows who do not specify a partner, will be put on a waiting list and matched with a person of the complimentary role in order of registration. We will notify you when we confirm your acceptance.

If you cancel before January 10, we will refund your fee minus $10. Cancellations on or after Janurary 10 are not guaranteed to be refunded.

Step 1: Register

Step 2: Pay once accepted

We will notify you by email when your registration is tentatively accepted. For online payments, we use an online service provider called Stripe which uses most stringent level of certification available in the online payments industry. You may pay with almost any credit or debit card or electronic funds transfer from your bank. Alternatively, you may simply mail us a check via the US Postal Service by sending a check made out to "Lexington Vintage Dance" to:
Lexington Vintage Dance
c/o Michael French
3480 Keene Rd

Nicholasville, KY 40356

With any of these choices, we offer a 7 day grace period for you to pay after receiving notification of your tentative acceptance to the weekend.  Hence, your particular payment choice will not alter your acceptance status. Any checks received before acceptance, will not be cashed until you are tentatively accepted.

Location & Directions

The Waltz Weekend will be held at the Russel Acton Folk Center at 212 Jefferson St., in Berea, Ky.

Parking is available and free at the Folk Center.

Directions & Map:

From Louisville, Cincinnati and points North: Take I-75 South to Exit 77. Follow signs to Berea. At Ellipse St./Pirate Pkwy turn right. At Jefferson St. turn right. Folk Center is half block away on the right.
From Nashville, Knoxville and points South: Take I-75 North to Exit 76. Follow signs to Berea. Immediately after crossing railroad overpass, turn left on N. Broadway. At Jefferson St. turn right. Folk Center is half block away on the left.

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A limited number of home-stays are available to out-of-town participants. You may request this on the registration form. The deadline for requesting a home-stay is January 10th. Or you can make your own reservations at one of Berea's near-by hotels, including the famous Boone Tavern Hotel. If you have any questions about housing, send an e-mail to

Hotels in walking distance:

Boone Tavern Hotel The Doctor's Inn Bed & Breakfast

Hotels in driving distance:

America's Best Value Inn Econo Lodge Fairfield Inn & Suites The Greathouse Inn Bed & Breakfast Holiday Inn Express Holiday Motel Knights Inn Motel 6 Red Roof Inn & Suites



Being A Host

The sharing of your home can help make a dance weekend really wonderful for someone. If you can host one or several of the visiting dancers at your home in Berea or Lexington, please email with your name, address, number of people you can host, and any other information your guests may need to know (type of beds, children, pets, smoker, etc.)

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact Jan Pearce:

Jan Pearce

(859) 813-0956

You can also visit the Lexington Vintage Dance's homepage to learn more about upcoming events